Writings

Moeed Pirzada | The News | This week, hundreds of thousands of people across Pakistan ended up watching the documentary “Dinner with the President” co-produced by acclaimed filmmakers Sabiha Soomar and Dr Sathanathan. Sabiha is Pakistani but her co-producer, Dr Sathanathan, is Sri...

Fighting the Wrong War

Moeed Pirzada | The News | With the confirmation of Sen Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for the US presidential election and with President Bush’s last official trip across Europe, a clear mood of change has set in. With this the...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | US Ambassador to Pakistan, Ms. Anne Patterson, was distributing awards in a ceremony organised by Roots College International in Islamabad when a former student, Sarmad Khurram, now at Harvard, refused accepting his award. He was protesting against...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | Words are not just words. They are powerful symbols and often pregnant with historical images. And the genie of those images may un-bottle itself to play havoc. That is why I wonder in amazement as to...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | This is both a moment for inspiration and challenge for Pakistan. But whereas the inspiration is theoretical, the challenge is far more real and lies in near future. Interestingly, Pakistan too has just appointed a new...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | On 28th May, many in Pakistan celebrated or condemned the first ten years of Pakistan becoming an overt nuclear power. But the date had another teeny-weeny element of significance: it almost completed 100 days of Pakistani...
Moeed Pirzada | Daily Times | TED founders describe themselves as a community of knowledge seekers. Each year they select three gifted individuals for the TED Prize and part of the prize is being granted one wish to change the world. My childhood...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | Ken Livingstone’s defeat at the hands of Boris Johnson in the elections for the Mayor of Greater London, last week, was the end of an era. It was a development bigger than the city of...

A Pakistani in Turkey

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | Many years ago I fell in love with Bosphorus, its bridges, fishermen and Turkey. This affair still continues. But just like the evolution of all passions in our lives my reasons have changed. Eighteen years ago, I...
Moeed Pirzada | DAILY TIMES | Musharraf must be persuaded to let Sarabjeet Singh walk freely to embrace his daughter Swapandeep. But for that to happen, the Indian media and leadership must do some soul-searching Sarabjeet Singh, accused of working for the...
Moeed Pirzada | Daily Times | In a media driven and controlled by popular and often pedestrian national moods, it is no wonder that no one had the time to reflect that Jagdeesh Kumar's lifeless torso was not merely that of a...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | To most Americans and to many of us it was received wisdom that a democrat will win the US Elections in 2008. not anymore. Many analysts fear this may not happen. They point out while Clinton...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times| The emerging political structure in Pakistan may present new challenges to both the US and Pakistani diplomacy in the region. And it will be interesting to see how both sides continue to strengthen a relationship that...

Surviving Musharraf

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | After a long period in its history, Pakistan is bubbling with positive news. Yet there are troubling questions that lurk on the margins; questions that are either being ignored or whispered quietly in a climate of...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | How PPP and PML(N) — despite the Murree Accord — will ultimately resolve their different approaches towards the restoration of judges remains to be seen; but recent developments in the context of the war against...